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Red Rising by Pierce Brown
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bookshelves: own, science-fiction, 2017, distopia, mars, space-opera, series, authors-white-men

Red Rising is a treatise in power. It’s a sci-fi Machiavellian exploration of exploitation and control. It asks the questions: What is power? How does one seize power? How does one people exercise control over another? Is brutality justified for stay safe? How about to stay in power?

While the action is fantastic, character development problems in the first quarter of the novel plague the rest of the book. Brown attempts to tie Darrow’s actions back to his original trauma, but that first act was so forced that later events rings hallow.

The later 2/3 of this novel is like a blend of Enders Game and The Hunger Games. It’s quite exciting and nearly perfect. Darrow’s procedure for forging a civilization from anarchy should be studied in textbooks. It’s awesome. Unlike Hunger Games it’s not hampered by any weird love triangles, but again, Darrow’s underlying motivations don’t feel real. The entire setup is weird and the book is only fun when you’re drawn in enough to forget that.
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Reading Progress

September 1, 2017 – Shelved
September 1, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
October 8, 2017 – Started Reading
October 9, 2017 – Shelved as: own
October 10, 2017 – Shelved as: science-fiction
October 10, 2017 – Finished Reading
December 22, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
December 22, 2017 – Shelved as: distopia
December 22, 2017 – Shelved as: mars
December 22, 2017 – Shelved as: space-opera
December 22, 2017 – Shelved as: series
January 6, 2018 – Shelved as: authors-white-men

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